Cleaning of the watch mechanism
Remember that you need to clean the watch mechanism very carefully, avoiding strong pressure on the parts, otherwise they may become deformed – this is an indispensable condition for home cleaning. Ideally, it is advisable to find instructions for this particular model of watch, since in case of improper assembly, they will simply become unusable.
- You need to start with balance : it is immersed in alcohol or gasoline, poured into a cup or glass to a height of about 2 cm. Take the balance with tweezers by the rim, immerse in a cup and rinse, then move them through the air to allow gasoline / alcohol to evaporate, and place it into birch sawdust for final drying – they absorb liquid better than others.
- The anchor plug and the drainage are cleaned in the same way, but dried on paper, because these parts are smaller.
- All other parts are cleaned in the same way . Large ones are put in sawdust for drying, and small ones are put on paper.
- Allow all parts to dry . If after that you notice a plaque on them, gently brush it off with a brush or toothbrush.
- The assembly of the mechanism must be done after the parts have completely dried and do this as quickly as possible so that dust does not get into it.
- Upon completion of assembly, lubricate the parts with watch oil (this is conveniently done with a pipette) and immediately insert into the case.
Lifestyle and watch features
It is no coincidence that many men put watches and cars in the same category of values, as their selection criteria are approximately the same. Therefore, one must understand that men’s watches are a continuation of the identity of their owner, important information that he constantly broadcasts to others. And it is important that this message is clear and correct.
Main indicators and characteristics
Take, for example, a casual model with a basic set of complications: three arrows and a date. All indicators, including the calendar, should be clear and large enough to be read at an angle of 60 degrees. The arrows should be noticeably different from each other, but be made in the same style. And all markers on the dial must be marked with a luminous composition in the dark, a phosphor or safe tritium, even if you are not going to dive in this watch. It is not just practical, it is a sign of quality and status.
Wrist & Watch Size
It is important to understand how the watch will sit on your hand. The diameter of the case should not exceed the width of the wrist, if only because it is inconvenient. But too small watches look ridiculous. For the average hand, the optimal size is 40-42 mm, and the size of 44 mm is suitable for the big hand. It should be noted that modern watches are much larger than those worn by our ancestors and not only because of the change in the watch fashion. The fact is that now it has become possible to make the case profile curved – even large men’s watches conveniently clasp a hand and do not lie on it with a brick.
Main body materials
The most popular watch case material today is 316L Surgical Steel. It does not cause allergies, is not susceptible to corrosion and is practically not scratched, unlike gold. But here a lot depends on the personal preferences of the owner. For example, if the watch is rather large, then lighter and, by the way, more scratch-resistant titanium can become an alternative to heavy steel. Fans of dynamic techno-style can pay attention to black PVD coating or black ceramics. A watch made of bronze gives a very personal character to the watch, which over time is covered with a unique patina. And, of course, gold is a value for all time, when it comes to an expensive gift.
Bracelet or strap?
By the way, if a watch is bought as a gift, then you should also think about choosing a strap. It is important to remember that genuine leather is a prestigious, but not particularly versatile material. Many do not like her, because she gets wet, collects dirt, and eventually wiped and torn. On the other hand, a metal bracelet will last a long time, but will add weight to a wrist accessory, especially if there is a heavy mechanical caliber inside. An alternative may be actual rubber, nylon for fans of the military style, or the same leather with a special moisture-resistant pad.
Quartz or mechanics?
A separate issue is to prefer mechanics or quartz. Again, if we are talking about status watches that you are going to wear constantly, then the quartz movement should be chosen only if it has something special. For example, an ultra-precise course with thermal compensation technology or the ability to automatically adjust the arrows on the satellite. In the end, a watch is a measure of taste, erudition and professionalism. That is, the main male values.
During its long journey, watches have undergone numerous changes. And since technology does not stand still, but is constantly changing, modern watches have also affected this. And in this case we are talking about solar-powered watches.
Initially, solar-powered watches appeared in small batches , but today almost all watch brands have similar models in their collections. The first to see the world was a solar-powered watch from Citizen. This brand presented its customers numerous models of watches with a similar type of power supply, including models such as waterproof and deep-sea.
Any watch needs power to work without interruption. For a wristwatch with a solar battery, sunlight acts as energy, which is quite enough if the watch is worn daily. But you need to think about the battery. It is used to accumulate energy in the daytime, which allows you to work for hours without interruptions in the evening and even at night.
The solar battery is located in the watch case and can be designed in different ways. Most often, it is presented as a small lens on the body. A solar photocell is placed under the glass, it is he who is responsible for converting the incident light into electricity and charging the battery. So the principle of operation of such watches is no different from the work of other solar-powered gadgets.
Most often, solar-powered watches are found in sports collections, although some brands also produce classic models of this accessory. The cost of such accessories is significant, therefore, counterfeits without a battery and with imitation of a photo cell very often fall on the shelves. Also, fakes are distinguished by the wrong brand name. So be careful when choosing such a watch.